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Fifty percent of all the fish eaten around the world comes from a fish farm, according to James Miller. Mr. Miller has spent most of the past fifty years helping people in a number of countries in Africa and the Caribbean build sustainable fish farms. He talked to Richard Winham about the work and the profound impact it has had on the lives of very poor people living in often desperate situations.

A robocall from a (bad) Trump impersonator was one point of interest in a mostly drama-free Hamilton County primary season. Looking toward November, the real Trump is already involved in Tennessee politics, endorsing U.S. Rep Marsha Blackburn as she faces former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen in the race to win the U.S.

Two local organizations have come together to create a non-profit “special needs” trust to help people with disabilities at risk of losing their government benefits because they have excess resources. WUTC’s Will Davis talked to Theresa Whitton, Trust Officer for Southeastern Trust Company, and Anne Stone, president of Friends of Special Children.

Chattanooga has numerous outdoor sculptures, statues, murals and other works of public art. City officials, in partnership with consultants Barbara Goldstein and Gail Goldman, are seeking your input as they plan for the future of public art around town.

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After years of rejections, controversial NFL legend Terrell Owens is finally in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He accepted the honor—but rejected the invitation to join other players on Saturday at the induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio.

Margaret Park is a watercolor artist based in Chattanooga. An exhibition of her work in Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway opened last Friday. Richard Winham stopped by to talk to her and look at her work.

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In this interview, I'm speaking with a Philadelphia sculptor who brought Clarence Darrow back to Tennessee--back to the site of the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial. In July of 1925, Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan fought in court over whether it should be legal for public schools to teach evolution.

Darrow fought for science. Bryan fought for faith.

It was one of the most famous 20th-century trials; the first-ever broadcast on national radio, and continues to bring tourists to the Tennessee courthouse where it took place. For many years, a statue of Bryan stood alone on the courthouse lawn. But Philadelphia sculptor Zenos Frudakis decided that was unbalanced, and a statue of Clarence Darrow should be there too.

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Vice President Mike Pence mostly got a warm reception Saturday at evangelical Lee University in East Tennessee. Speaking inside a school building, Pence encouraged the crowd, "Pray for America! "

He was campaigning for Republican primary candidates, touting Trump’s tax cuts, and pledging support for Immigration and Customs Enforcement at an event organized by America First Policies.

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Chattanooga police cadets train in different ways: they improve their aim at the firing range, endure obstacle courses, and maneuver through driving courses.

Also, they go out into the community and get to know the people they’ll be protecting--in particular, underserved, minority and LGBTQ communities.

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This year marks the 85th anniversary of the signing of the Tennessee Valley Authority Act, and to celebrate, TVA invited the public to tour some of their hydro facilities, including Chickamauga Dam. WUTC’s Will Davis took a tour.

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U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Tim White was in charge of Chattanooga's Navy Operational Support Center on July 16, 2015--the day a homegrown terrorist shot at the center, killing five--and White was the first person to fire back at the terrorist. Later, while dealing with the stress of the experience and sorrow over the losses, he found solace through songwriting.

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After writing two novels for adults and a short-story collection, Chattanooga author Janie Dempsey Watts has published her first book for children, Pap Pap Goes to Paris: And so does Ricky. She joins us to talk about it.

Publisher's description:

Seeing a snow globe of the Eiffel Tower, Ricky wants to go to Paris with his grandfather to climb the famous monument.

After convincing his parents, he travels to Paris and experiences everything from cobblestones to croissants.

He sees the gigantic tower up close, and wonders how he will make it up the almost 700 stairs. With encouragement from his grandfather, Ricky tackles the stairs and learns the importance of teamwork and persistence.

Shrek, The Musical, the stage show based on the Oscar winning movie, opens in The Signal Mountain Playhouse on Friday, July 6th. Richard Winham talked to the with director Joel Scribner and the choreographer Dr. Jennifer Wilson.

 

Counting Endagered Gray Bats In a Tennessee Cave

Jul 3, 2018
Will Davis

Nickajack Cave is one of the most important caves in the Tennessee Valley for biologists because it’s a maternity roost for the federally endangered Gray Bat. If you’re wondering how many bats are in the cave, WUTC’s Will Davis has the answer.

Thirteen percent of the people living in Hamilton County – around 60,000 people – have no health insurance. If they have a chronic health condition --  and many do – until a few years ago they had few options. But in 2011 Volunteers in Medicine opened a clinic in Chattanooga.

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